2016 Victoria Meetings

2016 Vic Chapter AGM, Annual Dinner and Guest Speaker

Are we there yet? Some reflections on a geotechnical journey The Victoria Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society invite you to their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th of December, followed by their Annual Dinner. We are proud to welcome Max Ervin to talk to us as we dine. About the talk Max Ervin is …more

Computational limit analysis: from stability to deformations

Abstract The use of the finite element method for engineering analysis goes back to the 1950s. Since then, the method has undergone tremendous developments and is today a standard tool in many fields of engineering including structural, mechanical, and aerospace engineering. In geotechnical engineering, the method is used routinely for both stability and deformation analysis. …more

Geotechnical Mapping Course – Melbourne

The Australian Geomechanics Society will be running a Geotechnical Mapping one-day training course at selected Chapters from August 2016. Please click here to download the registration form. This course is intended to complement existing courses offered by the AGS. The skills developed in the Soil and Rock Logging course are directly relevant to this course and …more

Ground Treatment: Taming the Angryman, and other grouting challenges

Presented by AGS Victoria together with ATS. This is the third consecutive joint technical session between the ATS and the AGS under the heading of “Ground Treatment”. This presentation will focus on the many varied applications for what we loosely term “grouting” but more specifically injection or pressure grouting for groundwater control and ground strengthening in …more

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Victoria

Introduction This biennial lecture commemorates the work in geomechanics by Professor Edward Hughesdon Davis. Professor Davis was one of the pioneers of geomechanics in Australia. He perceived that progress and understanding of the theoretical basis of geomechanics would only come if consistent, sound, but simple models of soil behaviour were used. The two topics that …more

55th Rankine Lecture:
Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one” – Voltaire Abstract More and more, society requires to know the risk which people, property and the environment are exposed to. The role of the geotechnical engineering profession should increasingly be reducing exposure to threats, reducing risk and protecting people. The objective of the 55th Rankine …more

Key learnings from conducting In Situ Testing

Please click here for details of the Field Demonstration entitled “Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) and Seismic Dilatometer Testing (SDMT) Field Demonstration”, presented by Nick Ramsey, which will be held earlier in the day from 1.30pm at Tarver Street, Port Melbourne. Abstract Soil behavior is complex and thus requires quantification by a reasonably good number of …more

Energy and Environmental Geomechanics

Abstract In the last few years geotechnical engineering has expanded its domain into the field of Energy Geotechnics. This has led to the study of the behaviour of soils and rocks under complex and extreme conditions involving mechanical, hydraulic, thermal, and geochemical coupled actions. This branch of geotechnical engineering will play a fundamental role in …more

AGS VIC Symposium 2016

Excavations and slope stability in Melbourne geology: experiences and recent developments The Victorian chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce a half-day symposium titled “Excavations and Slope stability in Melbourne geology: experiences and recent developments” to be held on 16 November 2016. The event will be held in Melbourne and will bring …more

Deconstructing Engineering Geological Models

Abstract The use of engineering geological models to manage risks and facilitate project success is becoming increasingly common, but the rules for creating effective models are as yet unclear.  Projects are now challenged by factors ranging from climate change to political uncertainty and so there is an increasing need to elucidate those rules – so …more

Significant geological sites within urban Melbourne – Field Trip

This Field Trip is preceded by a Technical Presentation on 13 April (click here for more information) Abstract In 1970, the Victorian Division of the Geological Society of Australia initiated work to create an inventory of geological features and landforms which in various ways are relevant to the interests of the public, research, teachers, government bodies, …more

Significant geological sites within urban Melbourne – Technical Presentation

This Technical Presentation followed by a Field Trip on 16 April (click here for more information) Abstract In 1970, the Victorian Division of the Geological Society of Australia initiated work to create an inventory of geological features and landforms which in various ways are relevant to the interests of the public, research, teachers, government bodies, …more

AS 1726 : 2016 Seminar – Melbourne

SYNOPSIS The most recent edition of Australian Standard 1726 – Geotechnical Site Investigations was released in 1993. In 2011 the AGS surveyed its members and stakeholders to consider possible revision of this Standard. This survey included a total of 25 questions, with 17 pertaining to the technical content of a possible revised Standard. Subsequently AGS …more

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Melbourne

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE*

Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract The observational method is a respected and much-quoted pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to work safely and efficiently in the face of uncertainties. Observational geotechnical engineering is the art …more